The Pixie Cut is Back in a Big Way, and We Are Smitten

zendaya with 20's themed pixie cut


Like any strong, bold style choice, the pixie cut can be divisive. People pretty much love it, or hate it—there's no room to feel "meh" on the short hairstyle associated with Audrey Hepburn, Twiggy, Mia Farrow, and Tinkerbell. You’re in, or you’re out.

Surprisingly, in the last few weeks, the pixie cut has emerged as a clear growing trend for spring, as many a celebrity has stepped out baring a cute new version of the retro 'do. As someone who spent her entire life in camp "nay" for the pixie cut—ever one to favor feathery long beach waves—I've found myself genuinely shocked to adore how it looks on a fresh crop of stars. 

Rather than recoil at what I once felt was a boyish and un-alluring look; I've been leaning in to get a closer glance, in awe of how sexy and cool these women, from Lily Collins to Zendaya, look with modern-day takes on the iconic cut. 

If you don't believe me, or if you've always been team pixie and want some inspiration for your next trip to the salon, keep scrolling to see how six celebrities are making the pixie look better than ever. 

Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson has been on the short hair train for awhile, but she regularly varies up the specific cut and styling. We love the deep side part and textured volume of this latest iteration, which looks polished but un-serious at the same time.

Jennifer Hudson
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We cannot stop staring at the edgy, undone perfection of Jennifer Hudson's chop. Pair it with a bold red lip for a power move moment.

Nicole Richie

Ever the hair chameleon, Richie stunned us with how next-level chic she looked debuting a piece-y, razored pink pixie, swept to one side at Tom Ford's L.A. fashion show last week. 

Rita Ora

The stunning singer stepped out with a new asymmetrical, layered crop at this year's Grammys, and killed it on the Academy Awards red carpet with a clean, deep-side-parted take on Twiggy's iconic 'do. 

Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson said goodbye to long locks last year, but keeps innovating her pixie style. Her latest change is a punk-rock, undercut pixie that's equal parts badass and beautiful. 


Last but not least, we are utterly smitten with Zendaya's cute crop that took the Grammys by storm. The style looks sophisticated and classic on the stunning 18-year-old star, and we love how the feathery textured front-fringe nods to the pixies of the '60s. It's a delightful mix of tomboy and coy that we wish we could pull off.

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